FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – (Aug. 31, 2017) – The grandstand ramp at the Minnesota State Fair. For years it has just been a pathway to reach the second level of the grandstand. But now it has been transformed into a public art display that has people stopping, smiling and selfieing.
“The Great MN Knit Together is Minnesota’s largest yarn bomb this entire grandstand ramp has been covered in knits and crochet,” said organizer Knitteapolis.
“Everybody is smiling they are so happy. There is a giant little monster that says ‘hug a monster’ and I see kids running up and giving the monster a hug and then running off.”
Many of the yarn bombs will be back next year with the possibility of adding new pieces as well. Knitteapolis spent nine months designing and making her displays for the fair and although it is hard to choose she does have a couple of favorites.
“It would probably be a tie between the I Ate All the Food yarn bomb and then I also yarn bombed the Elvis topiary.”
The main goal of The Great Minnesota Knit Together is just to inject some joy into the lives of all who pass by the display, but also there are hopes that this will help grow the knitting and crocheting community.
“I really only hope for two things, the first is that it just makes them smile. My second goal is that if people are inspired to learn to do any of these things, knitting or crocheting, anything like that would be fabulous.”
Only at the Minnesota State Fair can you hug a monster, play air guitar and pose with an Elvis topiary all within a few steps of each other.